Community briefs, Sept. 12: Local jurisdictions recognized for energy efficiency

Local jurisdictions recognized for energy efficiency

WATSONVILLE — Seventeen AMBAG jurisdictions will be recognized for their accomplishments in energy use reductions and greenhouse gas reductions at the League of California Cities annual conference in Sacramento on Thursday. 

The Beacon Program, a program of the Institute for Local Governments, recognizes and celebrates California cities and counties that reduce energy use and greenhouse gasses and promote sustainability.

They recognize the jurisdictions with Spotlight Awards in five specific areas of sustainability. The major award is the full Beacon Award, which a jurisdiction receives when it has accomplished sustainability efforts in each of the five specific areas of sustainability. This year the City of Scotts Valley will be recognized for the full Beacon Award. 

Seventeen AMBAG jurisdictions will receive the Beacon Spotlight Awards. Gonzales, Hollister, King City, Marina, Monterey County, Monterey, Salinas, Sand City, Santa Cruz County, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Soledad and Watsonville will receive Beacon Spotlight Awards for community greenhouse gas reduction. Carmel, Del Rey Oaks, Greenfield, Hollister, Marina, Monterey, Salinas, Sand City, Santa Cruz, Seaside and Watsonville will receive Beacon Spotlight Awards for energy savings. Monterey and Scotts Valley will receive Beacon Spotlight Awards for agency greenhouse gas reduction. Monterey and Scotts Valley will receive Beacon Spotlight Awards for sustainability best practices.

The Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG) will also be honored with the Beacon Champion of 2017 Award. This award is in recognition of the support the AMBAG Energy Watch program provides to the region in the areas of energy efficiency and technical support for greenhouse gas reductions. These programs have been serving the jurisdictions, school districts, special districts, nonprofits, small businesses and residents since 2006. The AMBAG Energy Watch program is a partnership with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and is funded under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.

The awards will be presented at a reception, hosted in collaboration with the League of California Cities, the California State Association of Counties, and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria at 828 I St., in downtown Sacramento.


Diabetes education seminar beginning

WATSONVILLE — The Health & Education Center, located in the bottom level of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 700 South Green Valley Road in Watsonville, is hosting a six-week seminar on diabetes education.

Nutritionist and author, Maria Jose Hummel, will be the presenter at this seminar. Those attending will gain information about Type 2 Diabetes and the correlation between nutrition and heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and other related diseases.

Attendees will learn what actions to take in preventing, controlling and improving symptoms of diabetes.

After each lecture there will be live cooking demonstrations with plant-based food with samples to taste and recipes to take home.

In addition to the classes, attendees will have an opportunity to participate in a “Ten Day Challenge” which includes a before and after fasting blood (glucose, cholesterol and triglycerides) test, a 30 Meal Menu with recipes and coaching, all for $22. 

“My doctor has taken me off all of my diabetes medicine,” said former participant Larry Payton. “This program really works, I feel great.”

Classes are weekly on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The first class starts on Wednesday and continues to Oct. 18.

For information, call Trish at 325-7993.


Farhat-Holzman to give lecture

WATSONVILLE — On Monday, Oct. 2, Laina Farhat-Holzman will conduct a lecture/discussion on “How Our Country’s Separation of Powers Protect Our Democracy.” 

The lecture will be held at noon at Pajaro Dunes. Attendees are advised to bring a brown-bag lunch.

For information and directions, email [email protected] or call 685-8514.


Registration open for ‘Financial Peace University’

CORRALITOS — Getting out of debt, building an emergency fund, and saving for retirement are just a few of the topics to be covered in Dave Ramsey’s “Financial Peace University,” starting Sept. 25 in Corralitos.

The nine-week class will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays at Corralitos Community Church, 26 Browns Valley Road. The course will be taught by Chris George, regional vice president of Primerica in Watsonville.

Cost is $75 per person or couple and scholarships are available. To reserve a spot, contact the church office at 722-4363 or [email protected]

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